The Portuguese Association for Developmental Disorders and Autism of Coimbra (APPDA Coimbra) was founded in 1971 by a group of parents. In 2002, APPDA Coimbra was established by the acquisition of legal personality and full administrative and financial autonomy, being regulated by new statutes (Diário da República no. 118, 3rd series, May 22nd, 2003). It was also registered as a Private Social Solidarity Institution, through the register in Book 9 of the Social Solidarity Associations with the # 37/2003. APPDA Coimbra’s mission is to provide specific and individualised services to Persons with Developmental Disorders and Autism (ASD) and their families, thus facilitating their autonomy, inclusion and full citizenship.